Delanie Walker thinks Erik Walden should have been ejected for headbutt

Eric Edholm

It's not clear which was more stunning Thursday night: Seeing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Erik Walden headbutt a helmet-less Delanie Walker, or the fact that the referees didn't boot Walden (or both of them) from the game.

The Tennessee Titans tight end spoke with the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt and said Walden should have been ejected for his flagrant offense.

“What got him riled up? I was whupping his butt, that’s what happened, and the cat couldn’t take it when he was getting whupped,’’ Walker said. “He got frustrated, and he should have been ejected for what he did. That’s bush league and that’s the type of stuff we don’t need in this league.”

It started when Walker was engaged with Walden, blocking on a Chris Johnson run play, and Walden ripped Walker's helmet off. An upset Walker raised his arms in disgust and approached Walden, who then leaned in and headbutted Walker in the bridge of his nose. Walker then — in an move that technically should have gotten him ejected, as well — threw a punch at Walden. Both men were allowed to keep playing, although Walden was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

“I threw a punch at him; I’m not going to lie about that. It’s on film,’’ Walker said. “But that was just a reaction. You head butt me in the face because I am beating you? C’mon.”

Walker had a career night with 10 catches, and he boasted of his strong blocking against Walden, too. Walker already is looking forward to the rematch between the two teams in Indy on Dec. 1.

“I whupped on him the whole game, and I’m going to whup on him again in two weeks,’’ Walker said. “We are not cool. That type of stuff doesn’t belong in the NFL.”

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